Theatre Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, May 18, 2007

A glamorous casino on the Mediterranean, where there’s money on the roulette table, and romance – or at least desire – in the air.
If you’re a handsome con man with European manners, you can take advantage of visiting Americans anxious to meet royalty  – particularly the women of a certain age. Like Oklahoma oil heiress Jolene Oaks, played in this production by Sacramento’s own Jenifer Foote.


That kind of humor drives “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” And some of the jokes are of the grown-up variety – this is not a show for the kiddies. But in between the jokes come songs, which tend to be generic.


Overall, this lighthearted comedy of dreams and deception goes down easy. But the show kind of overstays its welcome. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” feels like it’s ending around 10:30 p.m. – but then keeps on going for another 15 minutes. A little trimming, in this case, might make for a better conclusion. (music out)


"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" continues at the Sacramento Community Center Theatre through May 27th.